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THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY Brower Student Center Feasibility & Programming Study Workshop 2– April 30, 2013.

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1 THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY Brower Student Center Feasibility & Programming Study Workshop 2– April 30, 2013

2 1. Review of Workshop # 2 Agenda 2. Preliminary Observations from Workshop #1 3. Program Drivers and Building Scenarios 4. Current Building Space and Program Allocation 5. Building Assessment 6. Conclusions and Recommendations Meeting Agenda and Goals

3 1: Review of Workshop #2 Agenda

4 Schedule PHASE I Workshop #1 Workshop #2 TCNJ REVIEW PHASE II Workshop #3 Workshop #4 TCNJ REVIEW PHASE III Workshop #5 APRIL MAYJUNE JULY AUGUST Vision, goals, priorities Program components Adjacency requirements Program and Feasibility Recommendations Vision and Goals Summary Programmatic Drivers and Alternative Scenarios Cost Model: Conceptual Alternatives Expansion and Renovation Opportunities

5 2: Preliminary Observations from Workshop #1

6 Preliminary Observations: Steering Committees project priorities acknowledged by all groups Consistency and alignment of vision across groups on perceived needs Recognition of the significance/role of BSC as a focus of student life Consensus on the need for upgrade of program alternatives and facilities/operations infrastructure Consensus on current space design promoting territorial behavior and separation Preliminary WS1 Observations

7 Emerging Themes: Issues BSC: All Business, All the Time, need a place to relax (Stress) Best of Student Life at TCNJ not at BSC: Library (lounge, meeting, work study, hang out), Alumni Grove (chance meeting, hang out in good weather, place to see people), School of Education (technology, group study), Rez Halls (comfort, living room, informal meeting, social time) Social areas, working areas, resource centers need to be reinterpreted to promote student integration (greek life, diverse groups, commuter population) Space allocation contradicts buildings/colleges mission: student life happens in spite of the building Building spaces do not adapt to use patterns (too small at peak time, too large at quiet times) Building and spaces are cryptic. Programming succeeds through social media, personal outreach Perception of difficulty of access to space (ease of reservations, lack of spontaneity, general programming awareness) Emerging Themes

8 Emerging Themes: Program Drivers Strong demand for Event Spaces (Ballroom, Multi Purpose, flexible meetings) Bigger capacity for events in banquet setting (500-600), 1,200+ Lecture-style, need for medium-size (100-200 people) spaces for most flexible program options Strong demand for group study areas to reinforce meeting outside classroom Coffee place and extended food option to support lounges, group study areas Desire for Impulse/Spontaneous gathering spaces, furnishings to promote alternatives Not necessarily bigger but different, more open, visible, secured and shared Student Organization spaces Reinterpret Multi Cultural spaces, integrate Commuter Lounge to Common Lounge Offices in the building: Dean of Students a must Emerging Themes

9 Emerging Themes: Space and Character Make the BSC WELCOMING Open the building up to the campus and the views: provide WINDOWS, turn the building inside-out Bring light in. Open up the many dark, hidden spaces Improve Air Quality, personal comfort control Improve ACOUSTICS Better space navigation, visibility, connections and wayfinding (STAIRS) The building is too much of a Pass-Through, bring destinations, purpose to the pedestrian street through the building Take advantage of outdoor spaces, bring dining, social spaces outside Bring COMFORT, transform BSC into a living room Got outlets, Will work-study Collaborative spaces, different seating, whiteboards Extend use hours, be able to lock down the building incrementally, safely Emerging Themes

10 2.1: Workshop #1 Working & User Groups

11 Workshop #1 Summary of User Group Discussion 1. The student center should be the hub of campus, a destination 2. Families & prospective students are looking for a vibrant student center 3. The living room of campus 4. Inviting & warm 5. A showcase of student work/art/achievement 6. A place for fun, to hang out in 7. A place to escape from the stress of academics 8. Wellness should be part of the building 9. Student groups should learn to collaborate here Vision and Goals

12 Workshop #1 Summary of User Group Discussion 1. The building is something you pass through not stop in 2. Meeting space, large space in particular is inadequate and typically booked well in advance 3. The building is not inclusive, groups are separate & too scattered throughout the building 4. Student groups do not have adequate space to meet and many groups dont have any space at all 5. Terrible outdoor space 6. The building does not look like TCNJ 7. The Lions Den is packed & chaotic at lunch time and lines are long 8. Theres no casual study space in the building 9. Lounges are not comfortable 10. Multi purpose room is extremely popular but doesnt work well – events on campus are limited due to its size and availability 11. There is no late night café 12. There are no windows in much of the building 13. The Rathskeller needs updating and improvements badly Building issues

13 3: Program Drivers and Building Scenarios

14 Balanced program emphasis, builds upon existing foundation Emphasis on Student Organizations, Resources, Social Spaces Program Drivers and Building Scenarios Alternatives 1 2 3 Emphasis on Meeting and Event Programming Alternatives Larger Ballroom, Multi-Purpose Room, Theater, Meeting Space Suite (SM, M, L), Enhanced Catering, Pre-function/Lounge Areas Medium Ballroom, Flexible Multi- Purpose Room, Improved Meeting Space Suite, Café/Alternative late hour food service, Lounges Increased Organizations and Student Resource Space, Group Study, Improved Collaborative Meeting, Additional Lounges, Flexible Multi-Purpose Room, Café Café/Alternative late hour food service

15 Balanced program emphasis, builds upon existing foundation Emphasis on Student Organizations, Resources, Social Spaces Program Drivers and Building Scenarios Alternatives 1 2 3 Emphasis on Meeting and Event Programming Alternatives Larger Ballroom, Multi-Purpose Room, Theater, Meeting Space Suite (SM, M, L), Enhanced Catering, Pre-function/Lounge Areas Medium Ballroom, Flexible Multi- Purpose Room, Improved Meeting Space Suite, Café/Alternative late hour food service, Lounges Increased Organizations and Student Resource Space, Group Study, Improved Collaborative Meeting, Additional Lounges, Flexible Multi-Purpose Room, Café Café/Alternative late hour food service Renovation and Expansion New Construction

16 4: Current Building Space and Program Allocation

17 Current Building Space and Program Allocation Existing Program BOOKSTORE 7786 sf STUDENT SPACES 8620 sf STORAGE/ SERVICES 2695 sf ADMINISTRATION 4376 sf MEETING RMS 9413 sf LOUNGE 8420 sf CIRCULATION/ MECHANICAL 22290 sf FOOD SERVICE 11675 sf 90,000 GSF 52,605 NSF PROGRAM 58% EFFICIENT

18 Current Building Space and Program Allocation Existing Program BOOKSTORE 7786 sf STUDENT SPACES 8620 sf STORAGE/ SERVICES 2695 sf ADMINISTRATION 4376 sf MEETING RMS 9413 sf LOUNGE 8420 sf CIRCULATION/ MECHANICAL 22290 sf FOOD SERVICE 11675 sf 90,000 GSF 52,605 NSF PROGRAM 58% EFFICIENT

19 Current Building Space and Program Allocation Plans First Floor PlanLower Level Plan

20 Current Building Space and Program Allocation Plans Second Floor Plan

21 5: Building Assessment

22 Exterior The exterior of the building is uninviting and lacks any view into the activities inside. Loading docks are inadequate and make service to the building difficult. There are many opportunities for outdoor seating but locations make them unappealing. Entries are uninviting and hard to find. Students use a single side door to enter directly into the dining room at lunch time. Entry Loading Building Assessment Summary Architectural – Building Exterior Outdoor Gathering

23 Interior Level One Level one is a hive of activity during lunch time. The dining operation is overwhelmed with the volume and cannot provide adequate offerings. Some student groups claim lounges as their own and minimize opportunities for other students. This gives the appearance that there isnt enough lounge space. It isnt clear how to circulate through the building and particularly up to the second level. Stairs are hidden along the perimeter and all are enclosed. Multi cultural groups have sizeable offices however there is no connection to any of the other student groups. Their spaces are awkward and some dont have access to the inside of the BSC. Many of interior spaces have enough sf, but their strange layouts limit usability. Large meeting rooms are inadequate and AV capabilities are very limited. Commuter Lounge Main Lounge - Atrium Servery Building Assessment Summary Architectural – Building Interior Rathskeller

24 Interior Level Two Level Two houses the BSCs Meeting Rooms, Student Organizations, and Office suites. Perimeter lounge space has been created but it is dark and takes up circulation space. The Multi Purpose room has low ceilings and a small catering kitchen supporting it. Despite its limits it is sought after for any large gathering on campus and therefore is booked months in advance. The Student Org space feels small but if it we a better layout and there could be a shared workspace centrally located it could accommodate many groups. Large Conference Student Organizations Multi Purpose Building Assessment Summary Architectural – Building Interior Lounge

25 Building Systems MEP Utility Services Steam – 100 PSI from Central Plant Chilled Water – 45 º F from Central Plant Primary Power – 4160V from Campus Grid Telecommunications (Fibre) – from Green Hall/Campus MDF Water – from Municipal (Separate Domestic and Fire Loops) Sewer – to Municipal (Via Ejector Pumps Utility Upgrades Required across Entire Building for Renovation/Expansion or Replacement Steam Entry Piping 4160V Entry Switch 4 Fire Water Entry Piping Ejector Pumps (Strong Odor) Building Assessment Building Systems

26 Building Systems Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning Original Constant Volume Reheat System Mostly Intact Very Energy Inefficient Yet Poor Performance Extensive Lined Ductwork (Air Quality?) Concerns About Summer Humidity Control (Mold in Basement?) Poor Condition/ Beyond Useful Life Steam-to-Hot Water Exchanger (Inaccessible) Air Handling Unit Constant Speed HVAC Pumps (Energy Waste) HVAC Piping Adjacent to Transformer (Code/Safety Issue) Building Assessment Building Systems

27 Building Systems Structural Primary Structural System is Cast-in-Place Concrete Frame Secondary Steel Frame at Skylights Renovations Should not Impose Increased Loads on Existing Structure Addition(s) Should be Structurally Independent Use of Building as Emergency Shelter May Require Structural Upgrades Concrete Panel Construction Concrete Floor Construction Concrete Frame with Non-load Bearing Partitions Steel Frame at Skylights Building Assessment Structural

28 6: Conclusions and Recommendations:

29 I-Space and Program Current Space Allocation (by Area) may be enough to meet Space Demand Inadequate space layouts, program location and overall building Ideal New Building scenarios could be same size or smaller than Brower depending on program emphasis inefficiency drive higher space demand in renovation and addition options Low/uneven space utilization as result of space and program inadequacies Conclusions and Recommendations

30 II-Build New versus Renovation and Expansion Options Current Building Site still favored as ideal location for the program Building Budget does not support a new building scenario unless under a phased approach Building Budget does not support a renovation and expansion unless under a phased approach Conclusions and Recommendations


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